Responsible Dog Ownership

Responsible dog ownership means you must abide by the regulations of the Dog Act 1976 and microchip and register your dog with the City of Cockburn.

Dog owner responsibilities

  • Register your dog (all dogs over three months old) and keep the registration current
  • Dog registrations cannot be accepted without a microchip
  • You may not have more than two dogs per property unless permission is granted
  • Your dog must wear a collar and registration tag when in a public place
  • Your dog’s collar must include your name and address (owner)
  • Don't allow your dog to become a nuisance
  • Remove your dog’s excreta from public places such as beaches, parks and paths
  • Maintain your dog’s cleanliness and hygiene to prevent parasites
  • Observe special conditions for owning a greyhound or a restricted breed dog
  • Keep your dog under control in exercise and rural areas.

Guidelines for dogs in Cockburn

  • Dog must be kept on a leash in most public places
  • Dogs are permitted off leash in certain areas
  • Dogs should not enter shops and school grounds.

More information and contact

Please contact Rangers Services for more information on 08 9411 3444 or email Ranger Customer Service.



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